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The Seventh Seal (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson
  • Directors: Ingmar Bergman, Marie Nyreröd
  • Writers: Ingmar Bergman
  • Producers: Allan Ekelund
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: June 16 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001WLMOG4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,744 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 14 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I feel like a fool for not loving this classic examination of the
existence (or lack thereof) of both God and the meaning of life more.

I appreciate it, with it's stark, lovely photography, attention to
detail, marvelous performances, and sly dark sense of humor that
balances the portentousness of the subject matter, and makes the film
much easier to watch than my teen film-class memories of it.

On the other hand, while I appreciate the film's importance in cinema
history, and the bravery with which it tackles the biggest of issues in
a head-on, intellectual way, I find it just that - a very intellectual
experience, devoid of much in the way of emotion. I also find some of
the writing painfully preachy and on the nose.

Yet, in the end, I admire what it accomplished in its time, and how
well it holds up 53 years later.

And seeing as I went from not liking it at all, to liking it quite a
bit on my 2nd viewing, I'm open to what a third seeing might bring.

As almost goes without saying, the Criterion blu-ray transfer
is stunning, and worth buying for the strength of the images,
even if you struggle with the film. I'm glad I got it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Argus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 15 2012
Format: Blu-ray
There was never a better showcase for black and white photography than Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" with its stark contrasts and heavy symbolism. As such, Criterion's Blu-ray format enhances a beautiful and enduring film. Memorable scenes such as the chess game on the shore between Death and the knight gleam with breathtaking intensity. For those unfamiliar with the story, the knight (Max Von Sydow), returning disillusioned from the Crusades, challenges Death in order to gain time to save a family from the black plague. The clarity of Blu-ray seems to infuse this old masterpiece with renewed energy by bringing a sharper edge to the symbolic meaning, not only through the imagery but also, oddly, in the dialogue because, to some extent, the film is a synthesis of opposites. One of my favourite examples is the line: "If everything is imperfect in this world, love is perfect in its imperfection" (translated from Swedish, of course!). Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Meunier on Jan. 21 2004
Format: DVD
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS NO SPOILERS-
For those who've never seen this film: It's always best to see a film yourself before investing in its purchase, and that may go doubly so for this picture. The Seventh Seal is one of those "deep" foreign films which explores metaphysical concepts in a sometimes heavy-handed manner. However, the style will more likely reflect the sincerity of the director towards the material, rather than ignorance or immaturity- this is accomplished through consistency. There is bleakness, with humor oozing out of every pore. A black comedy, this is a film for those who can tolerate some high-falootin' ideas and speech with their entertainment. Perhaps you're so smart and mature that you'll already know and understand most of the questions posed by Bergman- but it's still never been done quite like this. Though it isn't everyone's cup of tea, it has earned it's right to at least a try by those who love film and certainly by those interested in foreign film.
For those who have seen this film: The DVD itself isn't the best one could imagine- there aren't any extra scenes, behind-the-scenes, director's commentary, whatever. However, it IS the best available and, if you care to wait another decade for a better version- well, the consumer knows best and we all have spending priorities to contend with. The commentary that comes with the disc is really bad, as some other reviewers noted- he really does speak the brutally obvious, but it can be kinda a fun for a one-time thing. The English dubbed version does indeed, as another reviewer commented, make the film appear more like some sort of western (or even samauri) movie. I kinda liked it. The film speaks for itself, so you already know whether or not you like it and wish to add it to your collection.
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Format: VHS Tape
I feel like a fool for not loving this classic examination of the
existence (or lack thereof) of both God and the meaning of life more.

I appreciate it, with it's stark, lovely photography, attention to
detail, marvelous performances, and sly dark sense of humor that
balances the portentousness of the subject matter, and makes the film
much easier to watch than my teen film-class memories of it.

On the other hand, while I appreciate the film's importance in cinema
history, and the bravery with which it tackles the biggest of issues in
a head-on, intellectual way, I find it just that - a very intellectual
experience, devoid of much in the way of emotion. I also find some of
the writing painfully preachy and on the nose.

Yet, in the end, I admire what it accomplished in its time, and how
well it holds up 53 years later.

And seeing as I went from not liking it at all, to liking it quite a
bit on my 2nd viewing, I'm open to what a third seeing might bring.

As almost goes without saying, the recent Criterion blu-ray transfer
is stunning. A film this image dependent deserves to be seen
in the best quality possible, and I'd urge you to consider the
blu-ray, or at least the Criterion DVD. I'm glad I got it.
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